Routemas­ter gear se­lec­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

Well done Nick Larkin on the fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle of un­doubt­edly the most fa­mous road­go­ing icon of all time – the Routemas­ter bus ( CCW 17 Fe­bru­ary).

How­ever, as a PSV driv­ing in­struc­tor and as­ses­sor I did have to wince some­what at Nick’s sug­ges­tion of ‘drop­ping down into third’ in a quick stop sit­u­a­tion. Semi-au­to­matic gear­boxes if driven prop­erly re­quire a defini­tive pause in neu­tral be­tween gear changes to al­low the pre­vi­ous gear band to re­lease, oth­er­wise the gear­box will soon suf­fer slip­ping gears. So if you were op­er­at­ing the gear­box cor­rectly all that drop­ping down a gear would achieve would be coast­ing to the point of stop­ping in a quick stop sit­u­a­tion los­ing the ef­fect of en­gine brak­ing! Mark Southgate, Hurst­pier­point, West Sus­sex

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